TRICARICO

Overlooking the Basento Valley and along the ancient tract of the old Appian Way, is where one will come across Tricarico, a fundamental meta among the art cities of Basilicata.

History

The name Trigarium signifies a horse station and maybe remembers the role of the place along the tract of the ancient Appian Way. Another hypothesis, instead, claims its origins to be from the Greek term treis ed akris, meaning the city of the three summits.

It was definitely an active centre beginning in the VI century BC as demonstrated by finds discovered in the Cappuccini district. However, in antiquity, the main centres were situated a few kilometres from Tricarico, where now one can visit the archaeological sites of Tempa dell'Altare, Cancello, Calle and Civita.

The destruction of these ancient inhabited centres probably gave impulse to the birth of Tricarico during the Medieval period.
In this way it firstly became a Byzantine stronghold and later belonged to the Longobards who eventually surrendered it to the Saracens.

During the X century, it was retaken by the Byzantines and became an Episcopal seat (962) of Greek rites. The following century it was conquered by the Normans (1048) and enjoyed a period of splendour after its raised status change it to a county.

There were various noble families who owned it over the centuries: Berardino, Pignatelli, Ferraro, Sanseverino, Sforza and Revertera (1631).
The centre, which was very active culturally and was the homeland of jurists and scholars, participated in both the Republican motions during 1799 and Carbonari ones during 1820-21. It was also an active centre during the years of Unification and the birth of the Reign of Italy (1861).

The poet Rocco Scotellaro was born in Tricarico (1923-1953) and was the author of popular lyrics (of poetry) and of numerous publications regarding the Southern situation.

A visit to the City

Tricarico already unveils its long and complex history through its city plan. The Arabic districts with narrow interlaced labyrinth type lanes which alternate with the more regular Norman districts. There are numerous nobiliary buildings and esteemed churches in the historical centre: the Gothic S. Francesco, the Medieval S. Chiara, the ancient S. Antonio Abate (Abbot) (1123), the Carmine Church (XV century):
The Cathedral, built on the wishes of Robert Guiscard during 1061, is dedicated to S. Maria Assunta and guards a triptych by Girolamo Santacroce (XV century) in its interior.
Only the Norman Tower remains from the ancient castle, which ideally converses with its homologous structure in Tricarico, namely the Arabic Tower.
Not too far from the village one will come across the Maria Santissima of Fonti Sanctuary. There is a pilgrimage here on the last Sunday of May.

Place of interest

The Norman Castle (IX-X century); Santa Maria Assunta Cathedral (1061); San Francesco Convent (XIII century); Sant'Antonio Church and Convent (1479); Maria Santissima di Fonti Sanctuary; Santa Chiara Church and Convent (1322); S. Antonio Abate Church (1123); Madonna del Carmine Church; Civita Archaeological Site in Tricarico; Arabic District of “Rabatana”; Ladislao Arch (XVI century); Palazzo Vescovile; Palazzo Ducale; Palazzo Aragiusto; Palazzo Putignani; Palazzo Cristallo; Palazzo Pignatelli; Palazzo Griptoleo; Palazzo Carafa; Remains of the Roman Villa in the Calle locality; Remains of the Wall and Tomb in the Tempa dell'Altare locality.

Events

Feast of San Potito on 14th January; San Giuseppe bonfire on 19th March; Feast of San Pancrazio on 12th May; Pilgrimage to the Madonna of Fonti Sanctuary on the last Sunday in May; Feast of Sant'Antonio on 13th June; Feast of the Madonna del Carmine on 16th July; Feast of the Madonna della Pace on 2nd and 3rd September.

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